job ( jobs plural )
1 n-count A job is the work that someone does to earn money.
Once I'm in America I can get a job..., Thousands have lost their jobs..., I felt the pressure of being the first woman in the job., ...overseas job vacancies.
2 n-count A job is a particular task.
usu with supp, oft N of n, n N
He said he hoped that the job of putting together a coalition wouldn't take too much time...
3 n-count The job of a particular person or thing is their duty or function.
usu with poss
Their main job is to preserve health rather than treat illness..., Drinking a lot helps the kidneys do their job.
4 n-sing If you say that someone is doing a good job, you mean that they are doing something well. In British English, you can also say that they are making a good job of something.
usu adj N, oft N of -ing/n
We could do a far better job of managing it than they have...
5 n-sing If you say that you have ajob doing something, you are emphasizing how difficult it is.
usu N -ing, N to-inf (emphasis)
He may have a hard job selling that argument to investors...
7 If you refer to work as jobs for the boys, you mean that the work is unfairly given to someone's friends, supporters, or relations, even though they may not be the best qualified people to do it.
jobs for the boys phrase
8 If you say that something is just the job, you mean that it is exactly what you wanted or needed.
just the job phrase usu v-link PHR
Not only is it just the job for travelling, but it's handy for groceries too.
9 If someone is on the job, they are actually doing a particular job or task.
on the job phrase
The top pay scale after five years on the job would reach $5.00 an hour...
it's a good job →
the job in hand →
If someone tells you not to give up the day job, they are saying that they think you should continue doing what you are good at, rather than trying something new which they think you will fail at.
don't give up the day job phrase V inflects
hatchet job ( hatchet jobs plural ) To do a hatchet jobon someone or something means to say or write something mentioning many bad things about them, which harms their reputation.
INFORMAL n-count usu sing, oft N on n
Unfortunately, his idea of bold journalism was a hatchet job, portraying the staff in a negative light.
job centre ( job centres plural ) , Jobcentre In Britain, a job centre is a place where people who are looking for work can go to get advice on finding a job, and to look at advertisements placed by people who are looking for new employees. n-count
job description ( job descriptions plural ) A job description is a written account of all the duties and responsibilities involved in a particular job or position. n-count usu sing
job lot ( job lots plural ) A job lot is a number of cheap things of low quality which are sold together, for example in auctions or second-hand shops. n-count
Job satisfaction is the pleasure that you get from doing your job. n-uncount
I doubt I'll ever get rich, but I get job satisfaction.
job seeker ( job seekers plural ) A job seeker is an unemployed person who is trying to get a job. n-count
job share ( job shares plural & 3rd person present) ( job sharing present participle) ( job shared past tense & past participle ) If two people job share, they share the same job by working part-time, for example one person working in the mornings and the other in the afternoons. verb
They both want to job share. V
Job share is also a noun., n-count
She works in a bank job share.
job sharing n-uncount
Part-time work and job sharing will become commonplace.
nose job ( nose jobs plural ) A nose job is a surgical operation that some people have to improve the shape of their nose.
I've never had plastic surgery, though people always think I've had a nose job.
odd-job man ( odd-job men plural ) An odd-job man is a man who is paid to do various jobs such as cleaning or repairing things, usually in someone's home. n-count